Pressing Charges in Las Vegas

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It seems to be a common occurrence when a fight happens between 2 friends or family members and the police are called, the individual who initially called the police then decides they will not be  pressing charges in Las Vegas. They then may contact the police department, or even the prosecuting body, and inform them that they will not be pressing charges in Las Vegas, or will refuse to testify. This happens most commonly in situations resulting in the charge of battery constituting domestic violence, However, even after the police or prosecutors are informed that  the alleged victim does not want to press charges, the case will still go forward, leaving all involved confused as to why someone is being prosecuted when the alleged victim does not want to proceed.

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It is a common misunderstanding that individuals or alleged victims make the decision of whether or not to press charges. Once the police are called, it is up to them to assess the situation and determine if cause exists to make an arrest or write a citation, or simply give a warning. Once the police make a decision to arrest someone or give them a citation, it’s not up to the victim to determine whether to press charges, it becomes the decision of the State or City.

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Most people believe that the victim can choose whether to press charges, but that is incorrect. With regard to the facts of your case, it is best to discuss those privately with your counsel, and obtain all  of the information that the prosecutor has so that an informed decision can be made. Typically, if the prosecution is looking for additional time it has to do with prior issues you may have had, or the specific circumstances of the current case.

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